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October 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Campaign fundraising reports show donors supporting Koster, DelBene

Suzan DelBene, a candidate for the 1st Congressional District who spent millions of her own money to make it through the primary, hadn’t put any of her own money into her general election campaign as of Sept. 30, according to campaign filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

DelBene, a Democrat and former Microsoft vice-president, reported Monday that she raised $580,000 from donors between July 19 and Sept. 30, the third quarter. That’s in addition to $400,000 she put in just before the August primary for a final blitz of television ads. In all, she has contributed about $2.3 million of her own money and raised about $1.1 million.

Her Republican opponent, John Koster, said he raised $431,381 in the third quarter. In all, he has raised about $918,471, in addition to a $20,000 loan he made to the campaign.

Both candidates are buying TV ads and mailers as ballots go out this week. The race is one of the closest in the country, and both candidates’ parties have said they will invest money to help their candidate win.

In a statement, Koster said he thought he would have enough money to win, even though he can’t afford to self-fund: “While my campaign does not have the personal wealth and resources of my extremely liberal, multimillionaire opponent, I do have the broad financial support of over 4,000 individual contributors, with the bulk of them living right here in Washington state’s 1st Congressional District.”

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